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Steaming Out of Lockdown - 1

Now that some Government restrictions have either been lifted or at least eased, the Heritage Railways are announcing their plans for restarting Services. Here we list those that have been declared so far:

GWR 0-4-0ST ‘Trojan’ will return to service at the Didcot Railway Centre on the 1st May with a ceremony with local MP, David Johnston OBE, and will become the oldest working Great Western Railway steam locomotive having been built in Bristol in 1897.

Trojan will be in action over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (1st – 3rd May) working good trains on the branch line and taking a turn on passenger workings as well as a number of photo opportunities including a line up of all 0-4-0s at the Didcot Railway Centre, with Trojan lining up against 1338, No. 5 ‘Shannon’, and No. 1 ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’.

WELSHPOOL and Llanfair Light Railway chiefs have been overwhelmed by interest from the public ahead of the new season.

Departures, starting on May 4, will see passengers enjoy a one hour steam train trip through mid Wales. Meanwhile Fish & Chip Trains are also back and will be operating on Saturdays 1st, 15th and 29th of May with limited capacity.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), has announced its 2021 season and will open its line and stations from Saturday 15 May.

The railway will be operating two trains to Whitby every day, as well as an intermediate service between Pickering and Grosmont.

STEAM trains returned to Craven on Tuesday 13th April with the re-opening of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway.

The 0-6-0ST (Saddle Tank) 'Welsh Guardsman' headed the first train to leave the station for several months

TRAINS are scheduled to run again from Caernarfon and Porthmadog on the Welsh Highland and Festiniog heritage railways.

Services will start on Saturday May 1. The Welsh Highland Railway will run its Gelert Explorer specials between Caernarfon and Bedgellert and the Festiniog Railway will run its Mountain Prince specials from Porthmadog to Tan-y-Bwlch and beyond to Dduallt.

The Epping Ongar Railway, which runs along a disused part of the London Underground’s Central line plans to reopen from Saturday 22nd May.

Due to continuing engineering work, the initial service will be formed of a heritage diesel multiple units operating between North Weald and Ongar, although they expect a steam service to be operated from early summer.

The Bluebell Railway, which runs between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead station (Southern/Thameslink) says that it will reopen from Thursday 20th May.

Tickets won’t be sold individually, but per travelling compartment to ensure that people can travel as a family, group or household. They will also sell tickets on a per-table basis for the dining services. Note that at the moment, services will start from Sheffield Park

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